South Dakota (SD) Action Coalition is working hard to advance their nurses to achieve a higher level of education and to become a more diverse workforce to meet the needs of the state’s population. Rural SD citizens often have only nurses as their sole healthcare providers, making well educated nurses the backbone of healthcare in the state.
One of the most important educational tracks in advanced nursing involves research. As such, we’ve listed all of the schools that offer graduate programs in nursing research here to help you get started in this focus. Contact the schools that interest you to begin.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has Evidenced-based Practice Centers (EPC) that review all scientific literature on a broad spectrum of health services and clinical topics. Nurses play a significant role in this process.
They use these reports as a scientific basis to develop coverage protocols that measure quality, which guides clinical practice. Some of the common clinical research topics include blood disorders, genetic conditions or obesity. The research for health care services also study topics such as public health preparedness. There are numerous research focus areas from which to choose, so this may be a great time to consider a graduate nursing degree in research.
There are a number of accredited programs available in South Dakota, ranging from Master’s (MSN) degrees to Doctoral (DNP) degrees in Nursing Research. A typical MSN degree has several program competencies, which include evaluating, conducting and utilizing research within advanced nursing practice. You can contribute significantly to the advancement of health in rural areas and for the under-served population by addressing their health needs through relevant research.
You may also have the opportunity to earn a Post Master’s Certificate in research if you have a MSN in a different specialty. Contact the schools on our page to learn more about your options for study today.
The admission criteria for an MSN program usually includes:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited program
- Official transcripts
- Completed a statistics course
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Minimum of 1500 hours of nursing practice as a RN
- Current RN license
- Covered by professional RN liability insurance
Other ways to get experience in research nursing may be found from the following institutions, which may also offer financial assistance and networking opportunities:
- National Institutions of Nursing Research
- NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series
- Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Interactive Textbook
- Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice
The South Dakota Board of Nursing also has a list of links on their website that may offer grants and loans that may be help cover the costs of your graduate nursing program.
In 2014, a Clinical Research Coordinators earned an annual salary of $120,050 according to O*Net Online.
As you can see, there are numerous types of nursing research for advanced research coordinators. These nurses may be employed in hospitals, various foundations, laboratories or in university settings. This is an excellent opportunity to return to school for your graduate degree and begin a career that is exciting and contributes to the nursing profession as a whole.
Reach out to the South Dakota schools with nursing research programs to learn more about how to go about entering this vital field.